Artist Statement for “ Hole of Human ”     Yuji Susaki

Among classical Chinese philosophers is one named Lao-tzu. 2500 years ago he stated a person’s orifices are the vessels of appetite and desire, and furthermore if one were to clog all a person’s orifices, then enlightenment should be easy. On the other hand, I believe that a person can be said to be truly alive when their numerous orifices are fully functioning. The very desire Lao-tzu speaks of is what makes us grow as people, and also what beckons our destruction. It is what makes us human.

During my high school days, I distinctly remember an occurrence in the locker room after a basketball match. A small hole of about 1 centimetre was discovered in the slightly dirtied locker room wall. The emotional impact of this discovery among us boys of that age was comparable to stumbling upon treasure.

The world on the other side was infinite, and filled us with immeasurable anticipation. Sure enough, the hole of that day enveloped us in desire and immorality—and took us further from enlightenment. However, inside we felt as though we had scaled the heights to heaven. Fast forward to now, and I am still peeping through ‘ holes ‘ —the hole of the camera finder.

Today I conduct the act unabashedly, but inside my feelings remain unchanged from that locker room. I remember the palpitating excitement even now. So again, out of desire, I attempt to delve into ‘ holes ‘.